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Rana Abou-Samra achieves lifelong dream by competing at Royal Welsh Show

Rana Abou-Samra achieves lifelong dream by competing at Royal Welsh Show

Rana Abou-Samra

A Preparatory School pupil achieved a lifelong dream by competing at a prestigious agricultural show.

Rana Abou-Samra, a Year 4 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, had her application to enter the pet event at the Royal Welsh Show accepted in April, and she took her place among the other competitors last week alongside her African Pygmy hedgehog Tilly.

During her time at the show, the nine-year-old spent time talking to people attending the Royal Welsh about her hedgehog and what sort of responsibilities that come with owning one at home.

She was taking part in both the U16 and Overall category, and the pupil was “very pleased” with her achievement of making it to the showcase.

Tilly has also visited Rydal Penrhos during a recent topic on hedgehogs, so that Rana’s classmates could see her furry friend for themselves.

Deputy head Alison Hind, said: “To reach the Royal Welsh Show for someone so young is a fantastic achievement, and one I know Rana had her sights set on for quite some time.

“Everyone here at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled for her and I am sure it was a wonderful and worthwhile experience.”

Regarded as the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, The Royal Welsh Show offered a host of events for the thousands in attendance to enjoy, including four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete.

The show also included forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink in addition to a 12-hour programme each day of entertainment, attractions and displays.

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